Single Bloom Bouquets >> Minimal, Modern And Money-Saving!

We simply adore one bloom bouquets for weddings, whereby a bride (and her bridesmaids) carry a single stem down the aisle. This idea is trending for 2019 as many brides yearn for something unique, beautiful and affordable for their weddings. Not only is this concept mind-blowingly simple, but it also saves a huge amount of money! And, this genius plan does not require sacrificing any style either because single bloom bouquets are gorgeous, too! Regard this fabulous solitary peony below, which delivers a major wow factor:

Photo: Heather Waraska

If you are looking to keep things easy and streamlined for your wedding we invite you to consider this fun floral trend. Carrying a sole bloom down the aisle is crazy affordable, cool and will have all the past brides on your guest list thinking, “Why didn’t I do that?”

Just imagine the savings! An extravagant bridal bouquet can average $250, whereas one stem is only around $5. Multiply that by the number of bouquets you need for your special day and you will see that you can save hundreds if not thousands on your floral budget. Win!

Perfect for brides with a minimalist vibe, single bloom bouquets fit practically any wedding venue from outdoor ceremonies to indoor church events. Several types of flowers lend themselves to this modern trend such as magnolias, calla lillies, roses, and dahlias.

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“The calla lilies are in bloom again…I carried them on my wedding day…”
Katherine Hepburn

A calla lily (like the lovely white one below) symbolizes innocence, purity and faith AND delivers major impact down the aisle:

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There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Roses make amazing single bloom bouquets. Their beauty is beyond compare and there is good reason why poets love to mention them. For your wedding day look try adding a simple ribbon, or perhaps a handful of greenery to your bloom to elevate the look:

 “Have you ever looked at the bud of a magnolia flower? It’s a tight little pod that stays closed up for a long time on the end of its branch until one day, out of nowhere, it finally bursts open into this gigantic, gorgeous, fragrant flower that’s ten times bigger than the bud itself. It’s impossible to imagine that such a big beautiful thing could pop out of that tiny little bud. But it does.”

Joanna GainesThe Magnolia Story

A magnolia is a striking flower that works great as a single stem bouquet. Because the bloom is so large a solo magnolia conveys the look of a much bigger bouquet. This stunning flower is associated with dignity and a love of nature so it is perfect for outdoor brides! Magnolias definitely deliver a southern feel as well. And, hey, if it works for Joanna Gaines you know it is stylish!

Bright and beautiful, the dahlia represents dignity and elegance. Since this beauty also symbolizes commitment and a bond that lasts forever it makes a flawless wedding flower!

 

The utter simplicity of carrying just one flower down the aisle is very appealing. Not only does it save money and convey a minimalist, less-is-more feel, but it also focuses the attention on a single bloom. No matter what your wedding style or budget is, the single bloom trend can help you have the day of your dreams. We’ve searched Pinterest for even more pretty single bloom ideas to provide you with a little floral inspo. Enjoy!

 

 

Roaming Food Bars, Our Favorite Wedding Reception Food Trend for 2019

A wedding is probably the biggest soiree you will ever throw. And a big part of planning your wedding includes figuring out the food situation. I mean, most festivities invariably revolve around everyone’s fave pastime, eating. So deciding on what to serve and how to serve it at your wedding will likely consume a fair portion of your planning time. You might have debated the merits of a plated meal versus a buffet for your event. Or perhaps you’ve even considered having a food truck or two, but there is another option for you to consider, especially if you are seeking something exceptional and unique for your wedding reception. Roaming Food Bars, the latest wedding reception food trend for 2019, are a fun approach to feeding your loved ones. An informal and interactive way to have your guests experience food, roaming food bars take the meal to the party.

Your guests won’t have to line up at buffet, or queue up at a food truck window. Instead, with roaming food bars, the food will come right to them, as they mingle and enjoy themselves at your reception. Roaming food bars are an elevated riff on hors d’oeuvres plates of the past. Instead of a platter of pimento stuffed olive canapes, say, picture a guy carrying around a full-on raw bar in a cool wooden crate. He’ll have everything your people will need including plates, napkins and sauces. Imagine their happiness when this guy walks up with oysters on the half shell just for them. Yes, a crab leg sounds delightful!

We love the interactive quality a roaming food bar brings to a wedding reception. An added air of excitement will fill the air as guests experience various fun dishes as they pass through the crowd, like this:

Roaming Food Bars aren’t just carried, they can also be pushed through your event on adorable carts, like this amazing sushi and noodle station on wheels:

Abigail Kirsch, a legendary catering and event company in New York, has set the bar for fabulous food carts. Their rolling food stations offer everything from a Savory Fondue Station to a Vietnamese Rice Bowl Cart in rustic industrial style no less. So much yummy inspo!

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Oh, hello captivating lil’ cheese cart! We will have the Manchego please.

Your food presentations can get terribly artsy too, if you are inclined in that direction. Pri Productions, one of the Southeast’s premiere event companies, served up these delicious looking skewers on an interesting piece of wood:

Everyone will be happy to see this tray make the rounds, as it is filled with yummy sweets.

With roaming trays you can even provide colorful candies and treat bags as favors that can be passed to your guests.

Roaming Bars can also be a handy way to convey drinks to your guests as well.

 

Roaming food bars are the perfect way to present festive food pairings, too, like shots of Patron and mini tacos:

Roaming food bars also serve up food in easy to manage sizes, that are portable and fun for guests.

Instead of a seated dinner or a been-there-done-that buffet, consider hosting a roaming meal for your guests consisting of lots of passed apps, appetizing small plates and interactive stations. The reception will be a memorable event for everyone.

 

47 Wedding Dresses Under $1000 at The Gilded Gown #budgetbridalgowns

We are so thrilled to be able to offer hundreds upon hundreds of lovely bridal gowns in all sizes, styles and price points at The Gilded Gown for our brides. Each and every dress we carry was carefully selected at bridal markets across the country. Now that the exciting 2019 bridal season has arrived, we thought we would highlight some of the beautiful options we have available to you, all amazingly well-priced at BELOW one thousand dollars. You can get an AMAZING gown and not break the bank. It’s true. We’ll prove it! And, as always, we offer two layaway plans so that you can easily pay your dress off over time. [BONUS: some of these styles have just been reduced to even LOWER prices on our sale rack.]

To start off, we bring you “Ideal” by renowned bridal designer Diane D’Angelo’s brand Abree. This gorgeous beaded illusion topped gown has a satin band waist detail and a flowy slightly A-line skirt. Priced at only $891 this is a fabulous option for brides searching for something beautiful and affordable:

We just adore Diane’s “Nala,” priced at $999. This delicate spaghetti strap gown features lace appliques and a boho vibe, perfect for the adventurous bride.

Abree also created the style “Nyra” which features a twisted, ruched v neck bodice highlighted with a wide lace waist and flowy skirt. This one is a steal at $951.

Sincerity Bridal by Justin Alexander offers this adorable strapless gown at just $998. Isn’t it so sweet?

Sweetheart by Justin Alexander also designed this charming in this slim A-line charmeuse and organza wedding dress with a V-neckline, corded lace bodice, illusion back, natural waistline, and sweep train, adorably priced at $798:

We love this lace appliqued, beaded gown from our Curvy line, a beautiful bargain at just $709:

A pretty and modest gown with 3/4 sleeves and a jeweled detail at the waist, this gown is simply a steal at $539!

How gorgeous is this Chiffon, Alencon lace A-line wedding dress adorned with a sweetheart neckline? Very! Especially considering it less than $900 at $876!

This semi-sweetheart strapless gown has beautiful appliques and flattering ruching on the bodice. The cost, a mere $748!

The strapless neckline of this charmeuse gown is asymmetrically draped with an inverted basque waistline that sits atop a circular cut skirt. By Lillian West, priced at $872.

This tulle halter ballgown by Justin Alexander is available for $998.

$848 will get you a short and sassy gown, with a tiered lace skirt by Justin Alexander:

Feast your eyes on this stunning Alencon lace fit and flare wedding dress with heavily beaded pearl and crystal V-neckline. The gown is finished with a plunging back neckline and costs just $873.

Your budget will thank you for this one. Sincerity Bridal Style 3806 is priced at $998. This is a lovely, lovely embroidered organza applique and chiffon fit and flare gown with a sweetheart neckline. The natural waist is highlighted by a pleated chiffon cummerbund and the back is finished with chiffon covered buttons over back zipper and a chapel length train. Light and airy, comfortable and beautiful. Yes, yes and more yes!

Ok boho brides, this one is for you! The V-neck straight wedding dress with sequined lace appliques, spaghetti straps, keyhole back, and dropped waistline are completed by a chapel length train. $998.

For something different how about this Corded Allover Lace Gown with Sweetheart Neckline? By Justin Alexander, priced at $998.

Spaghetti straps adorn this soft English net A-line wedding gown featuring a V-neckline with beaded trim at the natural waistline and a deep criss-cross back, $798.

A slim mermaid wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline in beaded lace and tulle accented with a regal satin cummerbund can be yours for $998.

Composed of Tulle and cotton, this corded tea length lace ball gown accentuated with a strapless neckline is $948.

We are crushing on this sweet, embroidered beaded lace and tulle ball gown highlighted with a Sabrina neckline that leads to a v-back. A dainty bow accentuates the waistline of this tea-length cutie, $948.

By Sincerity Bridal this dress features lace over satin, an A-line silhouette with asymmetric ruching under the bust for $998.

This pretty in pink gown by Justin Alexander is $972.

A sophisticated choice, this A-line wedding dress features an asymmetrical waistline with a beaded motif at the hip to create a slimming focal point for just $998.

Strapless and full of lace, this pretty gown is $898.

By Sweetheart, for $823 is this Organza A-line wedding dress accentuated with a sweetheart neckline and crystal beading

A 1950’s inspired corded lace ball gown with a scoop neckline, dropped waistline, sheer V-back, and chapel length train, $823.

Inspired by florals, this fit and flare wedding dress features a beautiful illusion top, metallic lace, Jersey lining, and a sweep train. $923.

$947 buys this lovely embroidered lace ballgown embellished with embroidered lace appliques on the bodice, and featuring a natural waist.

The detachable sparkle tulle train will have all eyes on you as you walk down the aisle in this strapless ball gown with a ruched bodice and natural waist. $948.

One of our faves, this dramatic plunging v dress is just $848.

Featuring a sweetheart center ruched bodice with a beaded lace applique on a basque waistline, this tulle ball gown is both sweet and charming at $922.

Wow! Just $619 for this gorgeous lace illusion top soft a-line gown!

From the house of Romantic Bridals, this figure flatterer with tons of ruching is just $973.

Another option from Romantic Bridals, this slim cut lace gown is well priced at $798.

This flowy high neck dress from Romantic Bridals is available for only $973.

What? This one is only $473. Super cinched in waist with asymetrical ruching galore. By Romantic Bridals.

Another one under $500, this Romantic Bridals gown with a beautiful illusion neckline is a mere $498.

A lovely lace option, again from Romantic Bridals, is $523.

From our Curvy line, this beaded bodiced gown has a beautiful waist detail and a flowy skirt. $539!

Looking for a short sleeve gown? This one from Curvy is just $617.

Hey sassy! You are tea length and adorable for just $707.

A mere $499 will get you this sweet strapless gown by Curvy:

This lovely gown is also $499! Check out the corset back.

Looking for a curvy lace gown, we suggest this beauty for $659.

And, last, but not least, this gorgeous illusion top 3/4 sleeve gown can be had for just $499.

Come visit us soon at The Gilded Gown to hand select your own beautiful bridal bargain!!!!

 

 

Christmas Wedding Inspiration 2018

There is something extra special about weddings held at Christmas time. Everyone is in a festive state of mind, hearts are full, the twinkle of sparkly lights are everywhere, a sense of childlike wonder prevails, and, after all, it IS the hap-hap-happiest season.

Plus, you know it’s a romantic time of year when there is a plant just for kissing under!

The magic of the season might even provide a wintery wonderland as the perfect backdrop, free of charge:

What better time is there to say, “I do,” than when the whole world is joyful!

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So if you’ve decided to have your own Christmas nuptials we have compiled some incredible ideas and inspiration for you from dress to decor and everything in between!

First, and most important, (we are a bridal store after all) is the bride. For this type of wedding, we believe any style wedding dress the bride desires will work well. The addition of accessories is all it takes to make her holiday ready. We just adore adding a topper to a bridal look! Throwing on a cozy red shawl or a sweet lace overlay to a wedding dress can utterly transform the ensemble:

And carrying a wreath certainly brings the Christmas charm:

A cathedral-length fur-trimmed cape with a hood can deliver a major snow princess feeling:

Even something as simple as a plaid flannel shirt tied over a gown provides powerful Christmas pop with rustic charm:

Our favorite Christmas weddings incorporate the traditional palette of white, red and green with a hint of burgundy and gold. Check out the lovely Holly & Mistletoe theme by Chic Vintage Brides:

Seasonal decor such as boughs of pine and holly, red berries, and plaid accents set the stage for a romantic holiday vibe. We are #obsessed with gorgeous red plaid throws embroidered with “Mr” and “Mrs.” They look so pretty draped over chair backs at the head table, and, how cute would photos be of a couple wrapped up in these???

Natural elements such as pine cones and moss add a festive touch, especially paired with some glitzy, icy crystals:

And what Christmas wedding would be complete without poinsettias? Even if a fabulous twenty-five-foot poinsettia tree isn’t in the budget, a few well-placed pots of these red beauties will certainly convey the spirit of the season!

Swags of greenery with pops of red floral elements provide beauty as well as a wonderful, fresh, Christmas tree scent:

Bouquets and boutonnieres are another opportunity to communicate a holiday theme. How stunning is this boho couple on their winter wedding day?

This gorgeous profusion of florals reads Christmas with its’ pop of red flowers:

A wintery white bouquet with an armload of greenery and some beautiful berries is also amazing:

For him, an outstanding coordinating bout:

Or have your groom pick out his red favorite tie:

Christmas wedding invites are extra pretty and come in many styles.

Favors are so easy and affordable for a Christmas themed wedding. Personalized ornaments are a nice choice:

Individual lil s’mores kits are adorable:

Pine cone fire starters are useful favors for wintertime:

Candy canes are a very inexpensive option that everyone will enjoy:

Our fave favor idea, though, has to be mini Christmas trees! People can plant them and watch them mature into full-grown trees! How many wedding favors stick around and are enjoyed for years to come? Plus it’s doing good for the earth! Win win!!!

Other awesome ideas for a Christmas wedding day include having Santa attend and having carolers serenade your guests:

Have Christmas inspired sweet treats at your dessert station:

Deck the flower girls and ring bearers in holiday garb:

You can have so much fun coordinating their looks. This flat lay of a flower girl’s Christmas attire is precious:

Any way you choose to style your Christmas wedding, whether it is outdoors in a snowy wonderland, or indoors by candlelight we feel sure you will be surrounded by love and tidings of joy.

 

The sweetest ending to a Christmas wedding (besides the bride and groom’s happy future) is a delicious holiday cake. A layered naked cake topped with a bed of berries and a reindeer is full of holiday cheer:

And a pine cone and greenery topped two-tier wedding cakes delivers classic style: 

 

Meet Heather: A Beautiful Bridal Stylist with a Heart of Gold

When you visit The Gilded Gown these days you are likely to meet one of our newest team members, Heather. This beautiful dreamer will surely capture your heart like she has ours. The first thing you’ll notice is her charming personality. Heather is super outgoing, full of laughter and has a captivating wit. So you are guaranteed to have a blast with her and leave with a new friend (and most likely a dress and accessories). You’ll see that she has fabulous personal style, too. She happens to have a killer boot collection, like the pair pictured below:

Heather’s background is in retail, human resources and management. Throughout her career she’s honed her great interpersonal skills. We are thrilled to have her as a key part of our growing team in the position of Sales Manager and HR Specialist. She brings major professional cred with a caring and approachable attitude.

Heather has a huge appreciation for life and practices gratitude daily. She believes in enjoying each and every moment. And she makes it her mission to make sure everyone around her is having a great time too. Heather is also really down to earth and extremely kind. Her motto is “Eat the Cupcake!” and it perfectly embodies her spirit of living in the moment. She doesn’t say no to any treats, in fact, she even has a Pinterest Board named: “Get in my belly!” Her humor and joyfulness carry over into all her bridal appointments. You can always tell where her bridal parties are located in the store by the constant laughter. If you love having fun, schedule a fitting with her. Since she models so many of the dresses she has a fantastic firsthand knowledge of how they fit.

This Southern belle has the accent and mannerisms of a true Tennessean, although she was actually born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She came here with her family during her elementary school years and stayed all the way through college at both The University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State. The most important trait she kept from her Northern roots is an intense love for the Steelers!

Family is everything to Heather. She is a proud mama to two amazing kids, Hannah and Drew. Hannah recently graduated from Bearden and currently works at Double Dogs. Drew is a sophomore at Bearden who loves playing video games.

Her third child is her precious dog, Allistair, if you count dogs. (We do!)

Heather has a large group of close friends who she enjoys spending time with.

Some of her other interests include gardening, playing scrabble, reading, crafting, camping, photography, and watching Lifetime movies.

Heather is having a blast working at The Gilded Gown. Her favorite part is working with brides and seeing them experience the happiness of finding the dress of their dreams. As she describes it, she loves, “the moment the bride gets chill bumps on her arms and you can see the excitement on her face!”

Heather’s winning ways with brides:

  1. She helps them focus on the positives
  2. She makes them feel comfortable during their appointments
  3. She encourages her brides to relax and enjoy themselves
  4. She has fun with her clients
  5. She understands that dress shopping can be stressful and helps avoid it

Heather’s long-term dream is to camp her way across the country where she can, “meet people and hear their stories and sleep under the stars.” As she puts it, “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and with people I haven’t met.”

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We think her favorite quote, by Dolly Parton, perfectly sums up how she treats the world:

“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.”

 

 

PUMPED for PROM! Top Style Trends for Prom2K19

We are so excited about PROM2K19! The vibe this year is fun AND festive! We are so happy that girls are already shopping with us to find their dream dresses. Plus, we are absolutely thrilled that our reputation as the best place to shop for prom is growing. So far this year we’ve had shoppers from six states, our prom registry is filling up and it is only December! But we have even more dresses arriving fresh from our exclusive designers!!! When you shop with us you can be sure you’ll have an original designer dress at an affordable price. We register each dress and we offer easy layaway terms, too.

Our team scoured the apparel markets in Chicago, Dallas, Orlando, and Atlanta to source the very best prom styles for you! We met with the top prom designers, carefully studied the latest trends and took into account what YOU are looking for this year. The 2019 Prom Gowns are arriving at The Gilded Gown and they are GORGEOUS!

Metallic

This year it’s all about the beautiful shiny and glittery fabric. From bodycon mermaid styles in electric gold to dramatic plunge front ballgowns in iridescent fabric, you’ll be sparkling your way into 2019 with our gowns. Make a statement in a dress where the construction and fabric provide a major WOW factor.

Off-Shoulder

Shoulder-baring styles with cuff sleeves are totally on trend for 2019! Also known as “Bardot style” dresses, these flirty and flattering prom dresses pay homage to Brigitte Bardot, the French actress and style icon that made them famous. We love when awesome styles of the past become fresh and modern, and this one is very fashion forward this year!

 

Floral

Floral prints have been popular for the last couple of years and they are still hot for 2019. This season floral dresses run the gamut from bold and vibrant to cool and understated. Whatever your style, there is a perfect print for you at The Gilded Gown.

Pastel

The soft hues in the pastel range continue to trend for prom. This year look for delicate shades of lilac, pink, mint, and blue.

Black

Glamorous black is the quintessential color for stylish formal wear. We have a beautiful selection of this timeless and elegant classic color in lots of styles from lavishly beaded to super simple which will fit every taste and budget.

Lace

Lace is another element that we’ve seen in the past that is still very popular this year. Whether it is a touch of lace on the bodice of a ballgown or an allover lacy design, we’ve got so many stunning options available.

Sparkle

Are you a glam girl who loves embellished gowns with intricate embroidery, sequins and beading? This year we have so many styles with sparkly adornments that you will love!!!

This year we are also elated to announce that we are expanding our prom into its own!!!! Our selection and staff have outgrown our current space, so this year our BRAND NEW PROM STORE will be opening next door to our current store. The bridal will remain in the original location with more room and more runways! The new space will host a grand opening in January which you do not want to miss! More than 6000 square feet of retail space will showcase our selection of thousands of prom gown in every single size and style!!!

Love to get cozy? Try Hygge, the Danish art of comfort and good cheer!

Since the weather outside is getting colder, and the holidays are upon us we thought we’d bring up the awesome practice of taking coziness, comfort and joy to the NEXT LEVEL. Have you heard of it? Hygge (pronounced HOO-gə) is the Danish practice of elevating coziness and comfortable conviviality to an art form. And since most people love to be comfy and cozy Hygge is catching on worldwide. Imagine all things relaxing and comforting that you love and combine them all together in your head. For instance, picture a crackling fire, a comfy armchair, a pile of pillows and throws, a warm mug of cocoa, a loved one, a stack of good books. Are you with us? Now imagine some great music playing softly and the enticing smell of delicious cookies baking in the oven. Oh, and envision yourself wearing something extremely soft with some fuzzy slippers, too. Sound heavenly? Well, that’s Hygge for ya.

Hygge is all about taking the time to amp up the cozy factor. For example, when you get in for the night after a long day of work, you can just plop down on your couch to watch tv like you usually do. OR, you could take a little time to first light a candle, put a throw in the dryer for a minute to warm it up, pile on all your pillows, get some warm tea, fix a plate of special snacks and hunker down for a super awesome tv experience. Which sounds cozier? Hygge baby!!!

Whenever you take the time to light a fire, don’t you just love it? Fire one up, toast your toes in relaxing flannel pjs next to your boo and you’ll be practicing Hygge.

Everything soft and fuzzy adds to the coziness. Like a little kitten snuggled up in a blanket.

You can make your house Hygge-ready by layering rugs, throws, and pillows with abandon. Adding in natural elements like plants makes your environment happier and healthier too.

Stack up books you’d like to read and amass some beautiful candles, too.

Give your wardrobe a Hygee makeover. Get yourself some super soft sweaters, tees, and socks. Slippers, wraps and anything uber comfortable works well for this way of lifestyle.

Incorporate your comfy clothes into your everyday life and you’ll feel a little boost of Hygge, even when you’re headed out for a busy day on the go.

Hygge is meant to be shared with others, too. Invite friends over for a relaxed evening with yummy food, candlelight, and companionship.

Lift everyone’s spirits with warm laughter, good conversation, and some fun toasts. Ensure everyone has a cushy seat and a smile on their face and you’ll all be basking in Hygge together.

Those quiet moments at home are the epitome of Hygge though. Like nestling with a newborn. So cuddly!

If you want to know more about the art of coziness we recommend The Little Book of Hygge by Meik WikingHygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg, and The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well by Louisa Thomsen Brits.

Happy Hygge-ing Everybody!!

We wish you all the comfort and joy of the season (from our blanket fort in front of our roaring fire!)

 

 

 

Our Family’s Southern Thanksgiving Recipes

We absolutely love Thanksgiving! How cool is it that we have a national holiday in order to remember all that we are thankful for? Appreciating our blessings, sharing a bountiful meal with our loved ones and kicking off the holiday season are a few reasons Thanksgiving is our favorite. We are getting super excited anticipating all the good smells in our kitchen, how full our bellies will be, a day filled with laughter, and that plate of late night leftovers. Our family usually gathers in the afternoon along with lots of friends. Some of our traditions include going around the table and having each person talk about something they are thankful for, an insane spread of food, an after-dinner game of bingo, and an evening Christmas movie. In honor of our favorite holiday, we thought we would share some of our family’s time-honored recipes with you. These are courtesy of our family cookbook, The Callie King Cockman Family Cookbook, which was compiled by our beloved Margaret Cockman Kitchel. We wish all of you the happiest of Thanksgivings. (And we are so grateful for each one of you!)

Cousin Ann’s Party Potatoes

 Serves about 10
 You can make these mashed taters two days ahead. A real lifesaver when you are cooking for a crew like ours.
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and chunked
Salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
8 ounces sour cream
 Freshly ground black pepper
Paprika
Peel and slice enough potatoes to fill a 2-quart pot. Boil potatoes until done.
Whip. Add cream cheese and sour cream. Whip until fluffy. Add butter and salt to taste.
Put into a greased 13 x 9 casserole dish. Put small pats of butter on top.
Refrigerate, covered tightly with plastic wrap, for up to 2 days before baking.
Bake in a 350-degree oven until lightly brown for about 30-45 minutes.
You can add in green onions, chives, cheese, peppers, etc. to taste.

Jacqui’s Asparagus Delight

Serves about 6
The kids in our family love this dish. We’re sure yours will, too.
2 cans of asparagus spears
2 teaspoons butter
Parmesan Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a layer of asparagus spears in a casserole dish. Put small pats of butter on this layer.
Liberally sprinkle Parmesan cheese over asparagus. Place another layer of asparagus on top of the cheese.
Repeat layers until you run out of asparagus. Bake until the top layer of cheese turns a light golden brown.

Elizabeth’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Serves about 10
3 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
Cream together the above ingredients. Pour into buttered casserole dish.
[Handy tip: use disposable foil pans from the Dollar Tree.]
Topping
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together topping ingredients with two forks until crumbly.
Sprinkle on top of sweet potato mixture and bake for 30-45 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.

Aunt Sarah’s Vidalia Onion Pie

Serves about 10
1 cup Ritz crackers, crumbled
1/2 stick margarine, melted
1 cup Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
 3/4 cup milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
pepper
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
paprika
Mix together crackers and 1/2 stick of melted margarine in a pie dish.
Sautee onions in 2 tablespoons butter until clear.
Add eggs, milk, salt, and pepper to onions. Mix.
Pour onion mixture into crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with cheddar and paprika, put back in oven until cheese melts.

Sarah + Dillon’s Fabulous Fall Farm Wedding

Sweet young couple Sarah and Dillon chose to marry under a cathedral of trees in the beautiful outdoors. They couldn’t have picked a better day, as their wedding day was crisp and clear, the perfect picturesque fall weather.

Simply Stated beautifully photographed the heartwarming nuptials, which took place surrounded by the natural beauty of Tennessee’s Honey Creek Farms.

Stunning Honey Creek Farms, nestled on 25 acres of picturesque rolling hills in Dandridge, is not only a beautiful event venue but it also a fully operational farm. And it was the perfect spot for Sarah and Dillon to say “I Do” at, surrounded by all of their beloved family and friends. We love the simple wood benches with cozy blankets, the lanterns lining the aisle and the perfectly draped arbor. Oh, and the fall leaves scattered by nature. Most of all, though, we adore the look of love on the beaming, happy faces of Sarah and Dillon.

The lovely event was coordinated by Jessica of Team Wedding and every detail was thoughtfully taken care of.

Gorgeous Sarah found her breathtaking lace three quarter sleeve ballgown with us at The Gilded Gown.

She also purchased her coordinating veil and accessories with us. We think this photo of Sarah in her veil is absolutely breathtaking.

Sarah was truly the most beautiful bride. Her hair and makeup were done by the talented artists of Southern Belle Beauty LLC

And, this bouquet is everything! Florist Michael Trentolm brought all the colors of fall into this lush, lavish cascading creation. 

Definitely fall bouquet goals:

We are sure happy tears were shed as Sarah made her way through the barn doors down the aisle:

The handsome groom and his guys were adorable in their suspenders and bow ties. We wonder what Dillon was thinking as he waited for Sarah. Most likely he was counting his blessings and wondering how he got to be so lucky.

We’re sure the Sarah felt the same knowing she was marrying the love of her life, her best friend and such a good man.

Sarah gathered her closest friends around her to celebrate the best day ever. Her attendants make a gorgeous group in their complimentary, non-matching gowns.

You can tell the entire wedding party enjoyed the day. And each other’s company. Many lasting memories were made.

Join us in wishing Sarah and Dillon every happiness as they begin their lives together.

 

She Walks in Beauty
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

 

|  V E N D O R S |

Photographer: Simply Stated formerly Simply Croft

Venue: Honey Creek Farms
DJ: Mobile Beats EnPhtertainment
Caterer: Southern Traditions Catering
Cake: design cakes by laurie
Dress: The Gilded Gown
Hair & Makeup: Southern Belle Beauty LLC
Florist: michael trenholm
Videography: Noble Limits Creative Company
Coordinator: Team Wedding / Jessica

Don’t Throw Rice! Creative Toss Items for Your Wedding Send Off

A wedding send-off is a friendly demonstration that takes place immediately following the ceremony. Traditionally, guests file through a receiving line and then gather outside to await the bride and groom. When the couple makes their exit, the guests typically shower them with rice. Throwing rice at a newly married couple has been a tradition for thousands of years, possibly going back as far as the ancient Assyrians and Egyptians. The idea is that tossing this symbol of a good crop at a couple will give the newlyweds good luck, fertility, and abundance in the future. But as with all traditions, there are plenty of creative alternatives for people looking for a little something different. The fact is your guests can wish you well with plenty of things besides rice. We’ve gathered a few festive send-off ideas to make your special day extraordinary.

Dried herbs or flowers, such a lavender, make a fragrant, eco-friendly toss item.

Put them out for your guests in adorable paper cones.

Or have little open sacks of herbs served up in a crate. Your guests will love this beautiful, earth-friendly option.

Whimsical Pom Poms, either the tiny balls or the shaker kind, make a send-off a celebration!

Put out little containers of poms in your wedding colors to compliment your day.

Clean up on the bitty poms can be time-consuming, though, so you might want to consider cheerleader style pom poms on sticks. Your guests will get into the cheering spirit with colorful shakers. Heck, they might even come up with an impromptu cheer just for you guys.

Imagine stepping out to face your future together to the tingle of tons of tiny bells.

Help your guests ring in your new life together with little bells.

Or, use the ever-popular cowbells. There is never enough cowbell!

 

 

You can always leave your wedding in a flurry of floaty fun bubbles.

All of your friends and family will feel like kids again as they blow a cascade of bubbles at you.

You might even want to join in the fun!

Paper airplanes are an adorable send-off item.

Your love will take flight when your guests bombard you with everyone’s favorite childhood DIY. Map paper airplanes are an especially special send-off when you are traveling for your honeymoon, too.

Looking for a cheerful send-off? Rainbow sprinkles are the epitome of cheerful fun.

Sweet packets of these will deliver a major fun moment for all.

Tubes make great of confetti sprinkles

Ribbon wands add a festive flair and a fantastic insta-ready photo opportunity at your send-off.
Ribbon wands are a quick and easy DIY project, plus they don’t require any cleanup AND they can be customized for any style wedding. Win, win, win.
Our final creative alternative to a traditional rice throw is leaf confetti. This is our favorite option because it is free and eco-friendly.
Leaf confetti simply requires a hole punch, some handy helpers and mother nature’s bounty of leaves. Punch any shapes you desire into your leaves. Voila, wedding confetti!
No matter what you choose to have your guests sling at you, we know you’ll be showered in happiness.